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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


Oct
20
comment How to test a toaster? (interview question)
I used to do this to gauge a person's ability to communicate to me what and how they would test, often I would glean some information on what type of tester they are due to where they would focus their answers. After blogging about it one time though, I found out that I'd been found out and so I left it off and basically started asking deeper questions about how someone did previous work and describing to me how they did what they did.
Oct
6
comment Soapui or Rest Service Testing? and where I can find good Soapui and rest service testing tutorials?
Doesn't it really depend on what path YOU want to go on and where you see your career going? My advice may not be the career path you want to choose.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
16
comment What is an optimal method to use Soap UI results to determine performance?
Nice option, thanks, I will look that up.
Sep
15
asked What is an optimal method to use Soap UI results to determine performance?
Sep
4
answered Is it recommended to document how selenium automation tests are laid out?
Aug
26
answered Robot framework installation
Aug
20
comment WebDriver Clicking button issue in IE 11
Other than the fragility of IE, if you can't find an obvious error turn up logging and see if you get anything. I've always had IE tests fail and pass on rerun, it's one of the most aggravating parts of Automation that tests will sometimes fail for no obvious reason
Aug
20
comment WebDriver Clicking button issue in IE 11
I've found intermittent IE errors are usually page loading (your mileage may vary). If you are using the page object model on the page, can you get the element as an object and verify it before clicking? I've had better success with that than waits.
Aug
4
answered Fitnesse vs Robot
Jul
3
answered Suite of automated tests - owned by devs or testers?
Jul
3
comment Suite of automated tests - owned by devs or testers?
I'd agree, except that it doesn't take Developers to automate the test cases, it takes someone trained or who has experience generating automation frameworks. Developers can help, and should code review the tests when they can, but it's not just up to them to automate, QA should be able to find capable people to do this as well
Jul
3
comment Suite of automated tests - owned by devs or testers?
@NielsvanReijmersdal there are people who do automation frameworks and can follow Development Methods and Practices and work solely as Testers. I've seen Developers with bad Unit Test skills and Testers with good Test Frameworks, there is a lot of cross over in these to realms so its not all set in stone.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
13
awarded  Custodian
Jun
13
reviewed Edit suggested edit on Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?
Jun
13
revised Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?
Improved link formatting
Jun
4
answered What does QA support for production push/release
May
30
revised Fitnesse + WebDriver: any working solution?
Adding more detail on my cases
May
22
revised Scrubbing Production Data For Test?
updating text to be clearer